Hong Kong director Andrew Lau to glorify People’s Liberation Army in new film

Director of iconic Infernal Affairs and Young and Dangerous film series will take the helm for The Founding of an Army, final film in a trilogy noted thus far for star-studded casts and lacklustre storytelling

PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 January, 2016, 1:09pm
UPDATED : Monday, 25 January, 2016, 1:11pm

Fans of Chinese communist propaganda films will be excited by news that Andrew Lau Wai-keung, the director of such iconic Hong Kong movies as the Young and Dangerous and Infernal Affairs series, is set to direct a Chinese film about the People’s Liberation Army of China.

Tentatively titled The Founding of an Army, the new production is the third and final instalment of a projected trilogy which includes 2009’s The Founding of a Republic and 2011’s The Founding of a Party, also known as Beginning of the Great Revival. Both were co-directed by Chinese filmmakers Han Sanping and Huang Jianxin, who will co-produce the upcoming film directed by Lau.

The Founding of a Republic, produced in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic, grossed 390 million yuan domestically; Beginning of the Great Revival, made in the year the Communist Party celebrated its 90th anniversary, took in 400 milion yuan. Both films were notable for their star-studded casts and lacklustre storytelling. It remains to be seen whether Lau will adhere to the same production template.

The announcement was made at a pre-Lunar New Year press conference held by the Bona Film Group.